Forget treadmills and gyms; get healthier by strolling around Fort Vancouver’s beautiful grounds and nourish your mind with the ‘Couve’s rich history. At National Park Rx Day, discover how you can improve your health (and learn about our local history!) by walking the trails of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This family-friendly event is part of the National Park Prescription Day (Park Rx Day), an innovative partnership between healthcare providers and the National Park Service that encourages outdoor exercise as a way to improve health. Join a national park ranger and a local physician from Kaiser Permanente for a free walking tour from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. While strolling along the Spruce Mill Trail, rangers will discuss the site’s World War I history in honor of this year’s centennial commemorations of the United States’ entry into the war. Walkers should meet at the Pearson Air Museum.
National Park Rx Day is part of a growing movement of prescribing outdoor activity to patients to improve health. The health benefits of nature go beyond just physical health. There are well-documented benefits of nature that improve mental health, spiritual health, and social health. Visitors can also use the park’s Parks Rx map and walking guide to explore the park’s trails on their own. The guide can be downloaded from the park’s website here.
Above image courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver.